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Moderator Paul Horsley with Kansas City Ballet dancers Joshua Bodden and Liang Fu
Meet the Moderator
Performing Arts Editor, The Independent
Paul Horsley is Critic and Performing Arts Editor for The Independent and kcindependent.com in Kansas City, where he writes about music, dance, and theater. From 2000 to 2008 he was Music and Dance Critic for The Kansas City Star, where he covered local arts organizations and wrote features about visiting opera, dance, and theater companies. As Program Annotator and Musicologist for the Philadelphia Orchestra in the 1990s, he created content for program books and led pre- and post-concert discussions with composers, performers, and community members. He has contributed articles to The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Pointe, Symphony Magazine, Musical America, Chamber Music, Playbill, and numerous other publications. A native of St. Louis, Paul double-majored in Journalism and Piano Performance at Wichita State University before earning Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in musicology from Cornell University. In 2003, he was a National Endowment for the Arts/New York Times Fellow of American Dance Festival’s Institute for Dance Criticism. He is also a past recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (for study in the Czech Republic), a D.A.A.D. Grant (Germany), and a Newberry Library Fellowship (Chicago). Paul has taught music history and creative writing at Cornell, Louisiana State University, and Park University. You can find Paul on Twitter (@phorsleycritic).
Meet the Dancers
Joined KCB in 2014
Joshua Bodden began his ballet training at the age of 10 at the Miami City Ballet School under the direction of Edward and Linda Villella, he also attended The Harid Conservatory and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s year-round program on a full scholarship. He spent his summers training at the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduating from the Miami City Ballet School program Mr. Bodden was invited to join the Miami City Ballet dancing various ballets such as Stars and Stripes, Jewels, Scotch Symphony, Square Dance, Slaughter on 10th Avenue and Giselle. Mr. Bodden also danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was a member of Cincinnati Ballet expanding his repertoire of classical and contemporary works and having the prestigious honor of being the first African American male to perform a ballet boy in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. With Kansas City Ballet, he has performed in Alice (in wonderland), Giselle, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Theme and Variations, Septime Webre’s The Wizard Of Oz, Melancholic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, Puck in Bruce Well’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gaston in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias and works by Edwaard Liang, Amy Sewiert, Yuri Possokhov, Adam Hougland, Jennifer Archibald, Stephanie Martinez, Gabrielle Lamb, Haley Kostas, Andi Abernathy and Stephanie Ruch.
Joined KCB in 2014
Liang Fu was born in Qingdao, China. He received his training from Beijing Dance Academy. Upon graduating in 2001, he has danced with Singapore Dance Theatre, Universal Ballet Company and as a Senior Soloist with Cincinnati Ballet. Mr. Fu won the 1st prize at the 10th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo, Japan in 2005. During his career, he has danced many leading roles in classical ballets such as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide and Cavalier in The Nutcracker. He has also enjoyed dancing contemporary works by Jiří Kylián, Twyla Tharp, Ohad Naharin, Stanton Welch, James Kudelka, Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang and Yuri Possokhov.